Track and field
Centrowitz reaches 1,500-meter semifinal
Matthew Centrowitz (Broadneck) was one of three Americans to advance to the semifinals of the men's 1,500 meters during qualifying at the IAAF world championships Wednesday at Luzhniki Olympic Stadium in Moscow. Centrowitz finished fifth in the third and final heat, working his way through the field over the final 200 meters to finish in 3 minutes, 38.62 seconds. "It was definitely like a rust-buster," he said. "I felt a little sluggish in it, but I look at the first round as being one of the tougher ones. I just look to feel better and improve on this and get ready for the semis." Leo Manzano of Austin, Texas, finished second in the second heat in 3:39.39, and Lopez Lomong of Beaverton, Ore., was third in the first heat in 3:38.48.
Schultz holds off English's charge to win MAPGA Pro
Dirk Schultz, PGA head golf professional at Beaver Creek Country Club in Hagerstown, won the Middle Atlantic PGA Professional Championship at Colonial Williamsburg's Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va. Schultz finished his third and final round on Golden Horseshoe's Gold course with a 3-under-par 68 to take his 54-hole total to 10-under and win by one shot over Sean English, PGA teaching professional at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills. Schultz won $10,000. English, of Westminster, started the day at 2-under and shot a course-record 64. He had an eagle on the par-5 second hole and birdies on Nos. 3, 6, 7, 13 and 18. "I was keeping an eye on the scoreboard throughout the round and knew that I had to keep making some more birdies to catch up with [Schultz]," English said about his focus. "Never did I think about shooting the course record, so it's a nice surprise." Other Maryland finishers were Jim Estes of Germantown and Olney Golf Park, fifth at 3-under 211; Pleasant Hughes of Chevy Chase and Chevy Chase Club, tied for 10th at 1-over 215; Jody Rokisky of New Market and Holly Hills CC, tied for 12th at 2-over 216; Brice Busse of Rockville and Woodmont CC, tied for 12th at 216; David Hutsell of Lutherville-Timonium and Elkridge Club, tied for 14th at 3-over 217; and Clark Sisson of Germantown and Norbeck CC, tied for 14th at 217.
More men: Jeff Castle of Towson Golf & CC, backed by an opening 66, posted a final-round 1-under-par 70 and won the Mid-Am championship of the Maryland State Golf Association with a 36-hole score of 136. Brett Williams of Baltimore CC shot 70-70—140 to finish as a runner-up for the second straight year and in a tie with Brandon Cigna (69-71) of University of Maryland GC at 140. Steve Delmar of University of Maryland GC, the MSGA Public Links champion, was alone in fourth, 70-71—141. ... Of the five Maryland entrants in the U.S. Amateur at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., none advanced to match play. Maryland State Amateur and Open champion Denny McCarthy of Rockville shot 77-69—146 and missed the cut by two strokes. The others were Matt Oshrine of Baltimore, 78-74—152; Mark Cusic of California, 78-80—158; Ben Warnquist of Rockville, 81-79—160; and Pete DeTemple of Callaway, 88-78—166.
Women: Lisa Schlesinger of Laytonsville and Norbeck CC won the Maryland State Women's Seniors championship, shooting 74-73—147 over the East Course at Joint Base Andrews in Prince George's County. Anita Venner, the 2006 titlist from Monrovia and Redgate GC, followed with 76-74—150, trailed by Argyle CC members Carol Davies and Diane Herndon with 78-81—159.
Outlaws' Stagnitta honored as MLL Coach of the Year
Major League Lacrosse announced that Jim Stagnitta was chosen as Coach of the Year after leading the Denver Outlaws to the first perfect regular season (14-0) in league history. The second-year boss beat out three other coaches who guided their teams to the playoffs, which begin Aug. 24: Dave Cottle of the Chesapeake Bayhawks, Dave Huntley of the Hamilton Nationals and Mike Cerino of the Charlotte Hounds. Huntley, who led the Nats to the best season in club history, finished second in the voting with four first-place votes, also receiving five second- and third-place votes. Cerino finished third with a first-place vote along with seven second- and four third-place tallies. Cottle received two first-place and four third-place votes.
Swimming: Katie Ledecky, 16, of Bethesda was voted the United States Sports Academy Female Athlete of the Month after winning four gold medals and setting two world records at the world championships in July in Barcelona, Spain. She beat out South Korean golfer Hee Young Park, who equaled the LPGA Tour record for lowest total score for a tournament at 26-under 258.
NHL: Washington Capitals rookie camp will conclude Sept. 9 with a 3 p.m. game against rookies from the Philadelphia Flyers at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington.